Frank Siepmann had much to offer as an architect and key player at Architecture for Humanity. He was committed to a practice that benefits the underprivileged and needy. He believed that social architecture at its best improves the lives of people and has a positive impact on communities. This commitment was applied to his professional work, mainly at HTA, and his volunteer work with AfH.
Frank first volunteered with Architecture for Humanity in 2012 and quickly became indispensable as one of the team working on our “Huts” project for Clerkenwell Design Week. His common sense, affability and wry sense of humour made him a joy to work with. He was literally a nuts and bolts man who could wield a drill and drive a nail better than most of us. Above all he was dependable, calm under pressure, and kind.
Frank continued as a Core Team member at Architecture for Humanity working on a range of projects. He also looked after our IT and website, managing to keep our old computer system ticking over despite being on its last legs. Frank worked out a plan of action to replace our PC which he was intending to oversee. He had firm views. He was a Microsoft man who didn’t care much for Apple.
We all loved Frank. He was popular among the other Core Team volunteers. The outreach events at festivals which Frank worked on were also social and fun occasions, great for team building, and where firm friendships were formed.
Recently Frank joined the Board of Trustees and we were looking forward to his greater involvement with AfH. We believe he would have helped steer our charity into the future with a renewed and positive spirit.
Frank qualified as an architect in Germany and the UK in 2012. He received a Diplom Ingenieur Architektur (Architectural Engineer) from the University of Applied Science Stuttgart 2007. He was just coming into his own as a professional and had not yet realised his full potential when he died. He was too young and too full of promise. We at Architecture for Humanity are immensely sad to say goodbye to our dear friend Frank.
Frank Siepmann (1976-2017)